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  • Author: Melvyn P. Leffler, William Hitchcock
  • Publication Date: 09-2018
  • Content Type: Special Report
  • Institution: The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR)
  • Abstract: Like many historians, I was stunned a couple of years ago when Donald Trump started campaigning on the platform of America First. For me, America First was associated with the insularity, isolationism, unilateralism, nativism, anti-Semitism, and appeasement policies that President Franklin D. Roosevelt struggled to overcome in 1940 and 1941. Why, I asked myself, would anyone want to associate himself with that discredited movement, a movement that seemed eviscerated after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941? Did Trump understand or know about that movement?
  • Topic: International Relations, Foreign Policy, History, Diplomatic History
  • Political Geography: United States